Posts Tagged ‘Kotodama’

ENnies 2016

July 21, 2016

From the ENnies website: The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the “ENnies”) are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. The ENnies give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. It is a peoples’ choice award, and the final winners are voted upon online by the gaming public.

The ENnies were created in 2001 as an annual award ceremony, hosted by the leading D&D/d20 system fan site, EN World in partnership with Eric Noah’s Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News. Since they were originally conceived the ENnies have expanded from an Internet-based awards selection to an annual award ceremony at Gen Con Indy. The ENnies have also branched out from their roots as an award ceremony focused upon d20 system publishers and products to celebrate the achievements of all tabletop RPGs and the publishers and products that support them.

With award categories recognizing the components that make a game great to the types of products fans have come to love, categories for fan-based websites and much more, the ENnies are the best way for fans to acknowledge outstanding effort from and to say “thank you” to the publishers, designers and artists who make this hobby great.

This year Kotodama submitted their translated Kickstarted backed RPG Ryuutama to this year’s awards.  It has been nominated in Best Cover Art and Best Family Game.  Others games related to this blog are King of Slimes (Best Free Game) and Cubicle 7 who puts out Kuro (Fan’s Favorite Publisher).  Other categories to vote in include: Best Adventure, Best Aid/Accessory, Best Blog (of which I am not nominated), Best Electronic Book, Best Miniature Product, Best Monster/Adversary, Best Podcast, Best Rules, Best Setting, Best Software, Best Supplement, and more.

You could vote for any nominated game at the voting booth.  It is completely free, no login required, and you do not have to vote for all categories, just the ones you are familiar with.  The voting goes to the midnight tonight, so hurry and sorry this took so long to get up.  Winners will be announced in August at GenCon.


Shinobigami – Modern Ninja Battle Tabletop RPG from Japan

December 6, 2015

Kotodama Heavy Industries, who have already crowdfunded and translated Japanese RPGs Tenra Bansho Zero and Ryuutama, are now looking to bring over the RPG Shinobigami God of the Shinobi by Adventure Planning Service from Japan.

Shinobigami is designed as a one session RPG with possibilities of reusing characters for future games.  The game features six warring ninja clans with their own goals and abilities, yet have to work together for the game.  Each player will have their Secret to deal with as well.

The core rule book will contain the rules for play and a replay (or an entire session of play) written in screen play format printed in format similar to a volume of manga and has everything you will need to play the game.  They will also release a supplement/advance rule book as well in the same format.  It will include extra charts, sub-clans, rules for “normal humans”, and more to add variety to your games.

They are also working on expansion material for the game that will be coming out a well.  These include new scenarios to play,full color quick play guide, a Weird West reskin of the game, theme run scenarios, guidebook to writing scenarios, a behind the scenes book with interviews with the creators and translators, printer-friendly versions, Roll20 package, and print and play cards.  The highest level of backing gets you a limited edition version of both the core book and supplement book.

Instead of just dollars for expansion goals, they are looking for actual number of backers even if they back at lower numbers, so that the more who back the more the backers.  The first backer milestone at 1,00 Backers was release with a reskin of the game with everyone as magical girls, a second set of three interconnect scenarios, and ten new and unique ninja character illustrations for the game.  At 1,5000 Backers they will create a one player one GM game set in a noir setting.  At 2,000 Backers they will release a 1800’s Regency Era setting and one where everyone is a different phase of David Bowie’s career.

It looks like a fun game to play.  They are way pass their goal so this project is a go, but they only have a little over 1,100 backers.  Meaning they have a way to go before you can play as David Bowie.

Ryuutama Kickstarter

December 5, 2013

Ryuutama is an original Japanese heartwarming tabletop RPG of travel and wonder.  The game was designed by Atsuhiro Okada.  In this game you take on the role of what would normally be an NPC in a village and set off on an adventure through a fantasy world.  The game’s nickname is “Miyazaki’s Oregon Trail.”

There is a Kickstarter set to translate it, plus some material from the French edition of the game, and release it over here.  It has already reached its goal, but that does not mean you should not join in.  In fact it means you should join in even more.

For $15 you will get the PDF rulebook in full color.  For $25 you get the Plus Plus level with PDF and all extra supplemental materials for the game, forever.  $40 gets you a physical copy and PDF.  $50 is the physical copy Plus Plus level.  $190 adds a character illustration by one of the two original artists for the game in black and white (an extra $40 for color).  $250 gets you a sketch of a full scene of your description.
There is also a special level for brick and mortar retailers.  Everyone who gets the PDF or higher gets their name listed as a supporter in the book and a text only version of the game as soon as the Kickstarter ends.

You can also add an extra physical copy of the book onto your level for $40 at no additional shipping.

Instead of regular Stretch Goals for this Kickstarter they are doing “Milestones” where they announce goals achieved after they have been made instead of telling you how much before the next level.  This is to prevent things from getting a little out of hand and putting too much on pressure on them.  Everyone who backed at a Plus Plus level will automatically get everything in the new level.  So far they have past third Milestones.